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Boott Cotton Mills Museum

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Address: 115 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1159
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+1 978-970-5000

This former textile mill is a reminder of the changes the Industrial...

This former textile mill is a reminder of the changes the Industrial Revolution brought to Lowell, and to America.

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Step Back in Time

This museum lets you experience the history of the cotton milling industry in America. You walk through a mill from the early 1800s. The building itself is impressive in size and... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum lets you experience the history of the cotton milling industry in America. You walk through a mill from the early 1800s. The building itself is impressive in size and scope, and the displays bring the experience of the workers to life. For example, dozens and dozens of working looms in one huge room within just a short time... More 

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Lexington, MA
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

This a working water-powered textile mill. I have taken out of town visitors here several times. It's well worth seeing.

Thank Lapland_Lady
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent place to visit. Three generations of family visiting the Boott Cotton Mills. Made my Mom a bit emotional as she reminisced her years as a factory worker at the Berkshire Hathaway Mills. History coming alive as she recalled from the way the machines worked to when the factory closed during shut downs and the maintenance crew polished the floors.... More 

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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

You could easily send a few hours here. The displays are striking and the written information easy to follow. The staff are very knowledgeable and willing answer questions. The boarding house is particularly interesting.

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Wilmington, DE
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

See the machines that ran here and the ways the workers lived. An essential piece of the industrial revolution.

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Cody, Wyoming
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This was the most interesting place. To see actual looms at work and then imagine how it was when the 'Mill Girls' worked here....just awesome!

Thank ybrib53
County Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you enjoy history then Please go there for a look. It is a fantastic place with staff on hand to answer any questions. Thank you to the Park Ranger in the Visitor Center for showing my Friend and I (2 People only in the Cinema) the short film. You made the trip worth while.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I really enjoyed the history of going thru the mill and seeing how the young ladies were almost like slaves in working. They were paid very little and large portion of pay was for their room and board, They worked long hours in a noisy dusty factory!

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Excellent NPS stop on your tour of Lowell. If you like history, you'll love this. Very loud so be prepared.

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

A visit to boot mill is a part of your free two hours tour with the lowell National Historical Park. Although the museum is not free and you have to buy a ticket, get one and see how the mills in operation during those times with all the noise and heat. Just imagine how stressful in the body to all... More 

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